Grass Court Season – What are the differences for each court?

The day when Roland Garros 2012 ended, tennis officially turned to it’s grass court season. Today, we will be discussing the differences of all of the 3 main courts of tennis, including clay, hard, and grass.

(Artificial Grass Court - CLN ©2012)

Grass Court

-Used at Wimbledon

Grass courts do not bounce much, so points are played short, and usually matches finish earlier, compared to the other grand slams. Lets say a player hits a drop shot on a hard court, and after its first bounce, it bounced 5 more times. However, on the grass court, the ball will only bounce 3 times in total. You can see that grass courts require a lot of running if you want to catch up to a ball.

Clay Court

-Used at the French Open (Roland Garros).

The clay court is most commonly used in Spain, and is famous for it’s slow bounces. The clay court is the slowest court of all, and usually matches continue for a while. Rafael Nadal plays best on this court.

Hard Court

-Used at the US Open and Australian Open

The hard court is most commonly used in America, and the bounces are medium. Faster than the clay court, but slower than the grass. It is the most equal tennis court in the main three.

Those are the main 3 tennis courts that are used in the grand slams. However, did you know that there are more kinds of courts in tennis?

Carpet Court

-Used in some indoor tennis clubs

A carpet court bounces low, and the ball gains speed once the ball lands on the court. It is said that many injuries occur on this type of court, so make sure you stretch before you use it!

Artificial Grass Court

-Used commonly in Japan

A court made out of artificial plastic grass and sand. Unlike the real grass courts, the balls bounces higher, but not higher than the hard/clay courts. Usually, players slide and hit the ball, instead of stopping like they normally should when they play on hard courts(and carpet courts).

 Which court do YOU like to play on? Comment and let me know!

~Jin

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